Friday, November 2, 2012

Tool to make your PHOTOS LOOK LIKE A PRO!

 I wish someone would have shared this all with me a year ago. I kind of learned it from the ground up. No seriously I used to lie down on my belly on the grass to capture most of my photographs.
I would take anywhere from 100-300 shots..no kidding, before I capture what I thought was a perfect photo... WELLLLLL today I take 2 and settle for the best of both...( both are usually pretty good)

Now what changed? I learned about TOOLS. Ok, clearly I am no professional photographer but I have something that makes me look like one... And I would like to share that with you...

INGREDIENTS to LOOKING like a PRO! 

1. I have 1 piece of barnwood cut into 3 pieces and braced with a piece of wood on the back to keep
it together. (* call your local farmers...that is how I got my first piece)

2. I have 5 in 1 REFLECTOR ( here is a variety that are reasonably priced on EBAY)
Reflectors 4 in 1 or 5 in 1

3. I have 2 digital cameras...one- a sony cyber shot...( pretty good too) and Canon Rebel      

4. YOU NEED LIGHT, even a back door, ( some natural light)  ---     avoid using flash at all times...                
                           


For this shot I leaned my backdrop of wood on my back door..
south east exposure, it was a dark day, grey in fact...lots of clouds...
but there was enough light for these shots...all taken
within 15 minutes...

See how the black reflector makes the wood look darker....
I was 2 feet away from my birds project, I pinned it with 2 pins.
lit the candle...no flash and took this photo...
I leaned my disk ( reflector)  against a chair and braced it with my shoe..or rather slipper lol 

When I downloaded my pics, I just added a black frame around it...
and yes I have this thing for mist and birds..those were photoshopped in...
But you can see it was not necessary...the photo is well lit...








For this shot, I chose the silver side.... REFLECTOR ( it is one disk with one cover that has silver and black one side, silver and white on the other) it just zips all around the frame which is also white... ( mine is 50 inches in diameter)


Again my backdrop of wood is just leaning against my back door and I turned my reflector around to reveal the silver side...

It is very subtle but my crow as a silver shimmer to it....  1 shot is all I took on this one







Now this one, I chose the white reflector...you can see how the light bounces off it 
and makes the spider block brighter? 










For my shy Witch, I chose this gold reflector....again very small differences compared
to the black but makes an impact just the same

...
Experiment....you will find you will prefer white or black 
for most shots....
Had the sun been shining I would have chosen the white to create
some shadows..but for this collection I wanted it to be 
wicked lol 





 You want your reflector positioned towards any light source...natural light will give the nicest shots...Down the road, I will show you how to use these outside .....Always remember to take your photos early in the morning with the sun on your back or at sunset .....YOU can bounce sunlight off these reflectors to create some really
nice shots... For now...try this....

You don't need a lot of space...I used less 3 feet square to capture these shots...



 Terri, sent me this about 
Common Reflector types and uses:



Gold has a sunset effect and warms the scene, gives healthy-looking skin tones.

Soft Gold mixes silver and gold in a zig-zag pattern. Warm, summery feel. Great with skin tones.

White brightens the reflected light - neutral color effect.

Silver increases highlights and yields a high-contrast image - creates neutral tones but brighter than white. Silver and white reflectors can achieve nearly the same colour hue as daylight. can achieve nearly the same colour hue as daylight.

Black works in reverse to absorb light rather than reflect it. Negative fill is used to absorb any ambient light or spill .i.e. to reduce harsh sun rays outdoors.
Black (or white) reflectors can also be used as quick impromptu backdrops on location for head and shoulders shots or for product photography close up shots.



I hope this will help you...If you need anything, just ask...

my best 

 UR PRICELESS begins  MONDAY... schedule is on the side bar....





If you have not heard from Katherine
from Sew Me Something Good.
Please go HERE
to see her message for Monday....



here is another coin purse I created..
this one was placed on top of post on our deck....white reflector...

  YOU can purchase this coin purse
pattern here!
40 photos





Thursday, November 1, 2012

UR Priceless and Andover Fabrics...did you know?





 Coin Purse complete with a heart
handle from lacis.com 
 has these Handles with the hearts!

( Kelly has the original ones ( handle below) 
and can still be ordered from her)
at Ihaveanotion.com

UR PRICELESS 

begins on MONDAY...
There will be hundreds of ideas
for these coin purses...

( if you would like to purchase this  pattern
 includes 40 photos
write to  madamesamm@me.com)
subject coin purse


Katherine from 
our cheerleader in Residence....and will be managing
this blog hop... She is sewwww ready! 

I heard there is someone on the list
who has made over 20+ coin purses..
yep....I have no idea who it is...
 there is a REWARD....lol 

Andover Fabrics  is our Sponsor
and 3 lucky winners will win these






AND...Speaking of Andover Fabrics, they're currently holding an incredible contest. Just send your favorite quilting and sewing projects that use Andover Fabrics to yourandover@andoverfabrics.com. Each week they'll pick a winner, who'll receive a fat quarter bundle and will have their project featured on their website, Facebook, blog, and Pinterest pages.

But that's not all...

In February next year, they'll be selecting a Grand Prize winner who'll receive a $500 Andover Fabrics gift certificate AND a fat quarter block of their entire Dimples collection!

Be sure to Like Andover Fabrics on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/andoverfabrics) for more details!


Sew there you have it..........

Tomorrow  for those interested - I am going to show YOU how I take my photos!







Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Last day of our Wicked Blog hop...and there will be BIRDS here! You like birds don't you? ohhhh and total pics 363



                


I noted some crows on my line this morning.....
Is it a SIGN? lol 
( can you see the spider webs....now those I did not add lol) 
pssst they did? lol
               ( you may want to tune int to  the school kids singing while you go through my blocks) 

It has been 49 years when Hitchcock casted  Tippi Hendren as Melanie Daniels in The Birds... I remember as a young tot cuddled under a blanket with my Mumm watching this epic. I have been fascinated with The BIRDS ever  since.

Ohhh you came for my collection of Wicked, presented and hosted by our Wicked Wendy...who managed you all sew well- she kept you wicked, happy and organized..... Thanks Wendy....  and you saw all the other ladies I posted today with....ohhh good I am your last visit....are you ready....hope you like BIRDS ? Crows in fact! 

..I got all swept up with the wickedness this season brings...come.... fly with me .....


I am blaming it on the fact that I may have watched
The Birds a few times before I set out making 
some new blocks for Wicked...



and how can we have anything Wicked without a spider...?
ohhh and you may have noticed my spider is missing one of his legs..
One of THE CROWS  ATE IT!  eek...



It may have been this one...I know I am spooked too !
I have all the windows and doors locked today...
just in case! 


This one might be a vegetarian...
He has been watching this one for sometime....


Clearly this witch is sew spooked she is hiding
under her hat...shhhhh let's not disturb her...


Ohhh the BIRDS got to her before she could get away...
Sadly the only thing  that is left of her is her dress.....
 ok .....you can scream now lol


This witch cast a spell upon them...they could not see her...
but clearly they were watching her fly by.....
whewwww


These bats were safe.. I think the crows were scared of them !
Who ever saw green and orange spotted bats? 



Now I have no idea why STITCHES here could not have
stepped in and scared them all away...

( all my fabric here for my very large pillow 24 x 24 
I will send you the list of fabrics to make it if you like and direct you to the pattern
MINE was a Halloween gift) 

The fabric choices were perfect... he is already to be sent to one of my 
wee grandsons ( who named him Stitches- he had a recent fall and required a few stitches,
when he saw them on Carl, his original name...he immediately called him Stitches... )
STITCHES it is ...

, who thinks I am very wicked lol 
( he told me  " NO CROWS PLEASE" ) 


As a gift for hosting this Wicked Event...
I made Wicked Wendy her very own wicked coin purse
Made from Riley Blake Designs Fabric and Appliqued by moi..
She will never forget this event....it really was WICKED...

( all of our bundles from Riley Blake Design will be in the next post)
winners will be chosen on Monday) 

   
YOU would of thought I would have made you 
something with CROWS but I thought this was
even more wicked.....your very own....
well you know....lol 



This is my giveaway.... your very own coin purse...
I would love to know...

Which BLOG HOP has inspired you most....?

The Ghastlies
The Table Topper  ( Spring)
Red White and Blue
Think Christmas
Bowls with Borders
Leafs Me Happy 
Dots on Dots
Wicked

 All Winners will be announced on MONDAY!
( that is when we begin UR PRICELESS BLOG HOP) 

btw 363 photos on our pinterest board..
just saying ....

Here are the ladies I shared my day with....

Wednesday, October 31st



















Sew We Quilt ( this is me) 








Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's our last day to be wicked......and giveaways....yes 4 giveaways



 I made this last year...my first wicked heart....
this was the blog hop that really started me thinking..
we can do this...we can do blog hops...?


WELL here we are  on day 8 and I am not sure
about you...but I want MORE.... 
but the time has come....to say goodbye till our next hop
but not untillllll...


Wicked WENDY has been waiting for this
day for months..let's not keep her waiting any longer...
She is our cheerleader in residence...
She has been responsible for gathering you all 
and keeping you inspired and organized...

The whole schedule can be found on our side bar
it will link you to Wendy's blog....you have got 
to read all she has up there in preparation of WICKED...




LOOOK who is up on 
Wicked Blog HOP.
If you are new to us welcome...
if you are known to us...welcome...
I think you are all in for a wicked time...

Wednesday, October 31st



















Sew We Quilt ( this is me) 



our top 2 for today


Wellll this one just made me chuckle...never having had a sibling
I would of loved to say this ...lol 


Y
And this lady chose the perfect setting for this ok, is this Mrs Frankenstein..????
I am not up on my all wicked characters....I do remember seeing this one..
I even had it all pieced, but I knew someone would make her...
and I glad it was this lady...You did her sew wicked! 




and most honourable mention




and this welllllll, it is eeerie, downright colourful,
perfect setting and yes our last most honourable mention of
of our hop....Wow!

 ( photos of our wicked participants)

 is our sponsor....


We have a couple bundles of Halloween fabric as well as some 
winter fabric...all from RBD....

HOW CAN YOU WIN?

#1 all those who participated will have a chance to win

#2 All those who are in our top 2 and Honourable mention

#3 All those who leave comments ( each comment leaves
you another chance to win) 

It pays to participate in our blog hops
YOUR chances are a possible 3 in 100 chances..( more on the comment left)
I think that is amazing...
Where else can you get that kind of opportunity? 

YEP! I was thinking the same! 
HERE at SEW We QUILT where everyone is a winner..

NOW GO OUT THERE AND CHEER! 
all of our wicked participants...

MONDAY winners will be announced...!
Good LUCK everyone and thank YOU  RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS
We adore you and we will continue to cheer you on...



It has been a wonderful HOP...thanks for being
part of it, cheering on your fellow quilters...
Together YOU ALL MATTER!




Just a friendly reminder that 
it begins MONDAY, yes this MONDAY....

Begins on Nov 5th- 13th,
Katherine from Sew Me Something Good 
will be our cheerleader in residence...the button
is on our side bar which will lead you to the 
schedule....

I can tell you I have made a few, quite a few..
yep....and our sponsor is Andover

they will be giving away this lovely collection called RED THREAD...

We will be announcing Next Month..

Nancy Drew is a Clue Blog hop
Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop 
 Stay tuned...I always drop hints....

Day 7 of our Wicked Hop...looking at more Wicked....? one more day to go...




 This is my fav small ironing board...
don't you just love the shape...and what Halloween lover
would be without an ORANGE Reliable IRON? 


WELL here we are  on day 7 and I am not sure
about you...but I want MORE....
Wicked WENDY has been waiting for this
day for months..let's not keep her waiting any longer...
She is our cheerleader in residence...
She has been responsible for gathering you all 
and keeping you inspired and organized...

The whole schedule can be found on our side bar
it will link you to Wendy's blog....you have got 
to read all she has up there in preparation of WICKED...




LOOOK who is up on 
Wicked Blog HOP.
If you are new to us welcome...
if you are known to us...welcome...
I think you are all in for a wicked time...



 our top 2


We have a theme here this morning....and this Mummy knows
what it is lol don't you just love her selections of whites..
almost translucent!



and this lady chose a nice selection of blocks to create her finished project..
ohhhh sew eerie.... she has one too ...





and most honourable mention


 for outstanding project...
  

And this lady created a stunning pumpkin, it looks paper pieced...
from paper panache... 


 ( photos of our wicked participants)

 292 PINS
 is our sponsor....


We have a couple bundles of Halloween fabric as well as some 
winter fabric...all from RBD....

HOW CAN YOU WIN?

#1 all those who participated will have a chance to win

#2 All those who are in our top 2 and Honourable mention

#3 All those who leave comments ( each comment leaves
you another chance to win) 

It pays to participate in our blog hops
YOUR chances are a possible 3 in 100 chances..( more on the comment left)
I think that is amazing...
Where else can you get that kind of opportunity? 

YEP! I was thinking the same! 
HERE at SEW We QUILT where everyone is a winner..

NOW GO OUT THERE AND CHEER! 
all of our wicked participants...